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ISPOR Regional Meeting, 19-20 September 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Healthcare Decision-Making in the Middle East and North Africa: Role of Health Economics, Outcomes Research and Health Technology Assessment

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ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-8 November 2017

The ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow was a successful event for the ISPOR Arabic Network attendees, who had the opportunity to increase their HEOR knowledge through a variety of global and region-focused sessions, learn about ISPOR's new initiatives and network with colleagues from all over the world.

The ISPOR Arabic Network held a high-level meeting:

  1. Executive Committee Meeting-Summary

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ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting, May 20-24, 2017, Boston, MA, USA

The ISPOR Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Global Networks had presence at the 22nd Annual International Meeting through invitational meetings for Central & Eastern Europe, Arabic and Africa Networks Members and group presentations. Registrants from the EMEA had a unique opportunity to network with other ISPOR global groups at the ISPOR Global Networks Reception.

ISPOR Arabic Network Members Meeting - Summary


Reimbursement of Oncology Drugs in Arabic Countries

Reimbursement of Oncology Drugs in Saudi Arabia
Abdulaziz H. Al-Saggabi, Chair, ISPOR Arabic Network & President, ISPOR Saudi Arabia Chapter, Director, Drug Policy & Economics Center, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Reimbursement of Oncology Drugs in the UAE
Ola Al-Ahdab, President, ISPOR UAE Chapter, Consultant, Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Reimbursement of Oncology Drugs in Lebanon
Soumana Nasser, Clinical Associate Professor, Chair, Pharmacy Practice Department, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

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ISPOR 19th Annual European Congress, 29 October-2 November 2016, Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria

ISPOR Vienna was a "must-attend" event for anyone who wanted to stay current on emerging trends in HEOR in Europe and globally. This year's Congress featured 2500 presentations and was attended by 4,700 participants from 89 countries.

ISPOR Arabic Network held the ISPOR Arabic Network members meeting.

ISPOR Arabic Network Meeting – Summary

ISPOR EMEA Global Networks – Presentation

ISPOR Governance – Presentation

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting, May 21-25, 2016, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, USA: Highlights

ISPOR Arabic Network marked its presence at the meeting through ISPOR Arabic Network Forum presentation, Arabic Network Business Meeting and a joint ISPOR Arabic and Africa Networks Welcome Reception.

Monday, May 23
This was an opportunity to learn about the ISPOR Arabic and ISPOR Africa Networks, meet over 60 members from Africa and Western Asia, and find out how to get involved with ISPOR Networks. The reception was opened by the Arabic Network Executive Committee Member, Dr. Ola Al Ahdab and the Africa Network Executive Committee Chair-elect, Dr. Mahmoud Elmahdawy.

Tuesday, May 24
This meeting was attended by the Arabic Network Executive Committee and Chapters members participating in ISPOR DC and focused on reviewing ongoing projects and discussing new initiatives.

Meeting Summary »

Tuesday, May 24

This Forum stimulated discussion related to the health and economic burden of the main non-communicable diseases in the Middle East and North Africa. During the presentations speakers highlighted local and regional approaches and solutions across policy and financing, prevention, early detection, treatment and the long-term management of NCDs. The non-communicable diseases often referred to as lifestyle diseases, such as: heart diseases, cancer and diabetes are currently responsible for 63% of all deaths worldwide.

SpeakersDaoud Al-Badriyeh, PhD, President, ISPOR Qatar Chapter, Assistant Professor, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar;  Abdulaziz H. Al-Saggabi, MSc, PharmD, President, ISPOR Saudi Arabia Chapter, Director, Drug Policy & Economics Center, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Ola G. Al Ahdab Albannay, PhD, PGD, RPh, President, ISPOR United Arab Emirates Chapter, Pharmaceutical Advisor & Project Manager, Registration and Drug Control Department, Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mahmoud Diaa El-mahdawy, PharmD, President, ISPOR Egypt Chapter, Market Access Director, AMAC Region, Novartis, Health Economics, Lecturer of Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt

Forum slides are available on Released Presentations website.

***ISPOR Forums are 1-hour presentations that provide a platform for ISPOR groups to present on an important HEOR topic/s in the region.  Attendees have an opportunity to learn, advance their knowledge, and ask presenters questions.

ISPOR Arabic Network at ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting Philadelphia, PA, USA, May 16-20, 2015

Members of the Network had the opportunity to attend the Arabic Network Forum presentation, the Network meeting, and network during the Arabic & Africa Networks Welcome Reception.  During the Executive Committee Meeting plans were discussed about further collaboration towards organizing regional learning and knowledge-sharing opportunities under the Network’s umbrella. An overview of the Network’s achievements (2011-2015) was provided. Agenda

ISPOR Arabic Network Forum: Managed Entry Agreements (MEA) in Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
Presentation : Dr. Abdulaziz H. Al-Saggabi
Presentation : Dr. Mahmoud Elmahdawy
Presentation : Dr. Ola Ghaleb Al Ahdab
Presentation : Dr. Soumana Nasser

Past Arabic Network Forum Presentations:

ISPOR 17th European Congress, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014
Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG's) and the Effect of a Lack of Implementation 
Presented by: Dr. Mahmoud Elmahdaw;  Dr. Barbara Castelnuovo ; Dr. Shelley McGee; Dr. Ola G. Al Ahdab Albannay;  Dr. Peter Agyei-Baffour;  Dr. Anthony Waka Udezi
Joint presentation with ISPOR Africa Network

ISPOR 19th International Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 2014
Capacity Building in Pharmacoeconomics in the Arabic-speaking Countries: Challenges & Opportunities in Education and Training
Presented by: Dr. Ola Ghaleb Al Ahdab; Dr. Daoud Al-Badriyeh; Dr. Abdulaziz H. Al-Saggabi; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Abbadi, Dr. Gihan Hamdy Elsisi

ISPOR 18th International Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 2013
Health Care Data in the Arabic-Speaking Countries: Challenges in Collecting, Sharing, and Applying
Presentation : Dr. Daoud Al-Badriyeh
Presentation:  Dr. Ola G. Al Ahdab Albannay
Presentation: Dr. Manal El-Hamamsy
Presentation:  Dr. Mohammed Al-Kelya
Presentation:  Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saggabi

ISPOR 17th International Meeting, Washington, DC, USA, 2012
Presentation: Dr. Ibrahim Alabbadi
Presentation:  Dr. Abdulaziz H. Al-Saggabi
Presentation: Dr. Daoud Al-Badriyeh
Presentation:  Dr. Mahmoud Elmahdawy
Presentation:  Dr. Ghaleb Ahmed Al Ahdab

Value in Health Regional Issues

Value in Health Regional Issues - ISPOR scientific journal to encourage and enhance the science of HEOR and its use in health care decisions in Asia, Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, Western Asia, and Africa.

Value in Health Regional Issues focusing on Central & Eastern Europe, Western Asia & Africa (CEEWAA)

CALL FOR PAPERS: manuscripts submission open year round!

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ISPOR Arabic Network at ISPOR Meetings

ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting

Arabic Network Meeting, Boston, May 2017

ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting

Arabic and Africa Networks Welcome Reception, Washington, June 2016

ISPOR 20th Annual International Meeting

Arabic Network Forum presentation at ISPOR Philadelphia, May 2015

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